The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop

“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he...


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TitleThe Little Paris Bookshop
ISBN9780553418774
Author
Release DateJun 23rd, 2015
PublisherCrown
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Writing, Books About Books, Romance, Cultural, France, Contemporary
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Reviews The Little Paris Bookshop

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2016-04-24
    ”Books keep stupidity at bay. And vain hopes. And vain men. They undress you with love, strength and knowledge. It’s love from within.”People read for lots of different reasons. They want to be entertained. They want a book to explain what is wrong with them or a confirmation of what they think is wrong with their spouse. They read for information. They read for an experience outside themselves. They read to escape the drudgery of their liv...
  • Diane
    2014-12-28
    Merde. I think this is one of those books that is going to bring angry comments from readers who liked it a lot more than I did. This novel just did not work for me. I thought it was disgustingly sweet, poorly plotted, filled with cliches and bad dialogue, and I could not finish it fast enough. The sad thing is that I thought I was going to love this book. I had even saved it to read on my vacation — that's how special I thought it would be. I ...
  • Elyse
    2015-09-14
    "There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only hundred. There even remedies --I mean books --that were written for only one person...A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy". Nina George's lyrical tribute to love, literature, people, living, dying, and all things French...was a privilege to read. I hope I'm not the the only 1 person this book was written for -- but just...
  • Megan
    2015-08-19
    Absolutely perfect premise and storyline - I was hooked by that blurb. Unfortunately this book was not at all what I was expecting. I was hoping for a Parisian Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore but with a twist - an eccentric old gentleman selling books as medicine to those who are missing a certain something in their lives. As someone who's found solace and company in books ever since I was an awkward little girl, this appealed to me. Unfortunat...
  • Rebecca
    2015-02-13
    Sadly I didn't love this one like I was expecting. I loved the bookishness - from the Literary Apothecary to Perdu's ability - and the setting, plus there were some great quotes. However I struggled with the story and I lacked a connection to the characters. In theory, this book is perfect for me but I just feel like it was missing something - maybe just for me personally.
  • Gail
    2015-05-02
    I have just finished this book and am astonished at the 5 star reviews; it seems I was reading a different book from the majority of reviewers. I had such high hopes for this. I had just finished reading a very dark and disturbing thriller and needed a lovely book to make me feel warm and fuzzy; this seemed the perfect antidote, so I settled down with my faithful kindle and began reading. The premise of the story was just utter magic to me - a bo...
  • Chris
    2014-12-27
    Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley There is an independent bookstore in Philadelphia called Joseph Fox. It is smallish – one floor, a big first room, a passage, a back room, and a smaller backer room where the children’s books are kept. Every conceivable space is packed with books. Does it have the selection of the big chain store or of Amazon? No. And it doesn’t offer discounts either, though it does give away bookmarks. But here’s the thing...
  • Maria Espadinha
    2017-02-20
    Livros - O Nosso Agora E Sempre"As memórias são como os lobos. Não as podes trancar num quarto e esperar que te ignorem." Mas...há os livros:Os livros protegem-nos ...Da tristeza.Da ignorância.Da falsidade.Plantam risos e lágrimas emprestadas.Elevam a auto-estima.Revestem-nos de amor, força e sabedoria. Descobrimos quem somos.Quem queremos ser.Aprendemos.Mudamos.Evoluímos.Amamos, odiamos, sofremos, rejubilamos.São vida por dentro.São ab...
  • Barbara Hale
    2015-07-11
    The reviews are so misleading. What a disappointment! Only one person in our book club liked it. The rest of us just plowed through, hoping it would be over. It was certainly not my cup of tea. The story could have been told in 50 pages, and the rest of the story was just meandering emotion.
  • Mona
    2015-01-07
    Bittersweet Gallic RomanceThis is a very French book. Kind of mournful, but also hopeful. Very, very emotional.This is ironic, as the author, Nina George, is actually German, although she now lives in France (which doesn't surprise me, as her soul is French).And yes, it's yet another homage to the vanishing independent bookseller, but it's much more than that. It's a reflection on love and death and other deep subjects. It's also a love letter to...
  • Algernon
    2015-09-24
    One word review : Overkill!There's a excellent little romantic gem of a story hidden somewhere in the text of Nina George's bestseller. After all, the sales tell their own story and are proof that most of the readers were able to see past the wooden dialogue and the saccharine sentimentality into the true heart of the story, about coping with loss of innocence, aging, death, starting your life over. There's also a lot to be said about the power o...
  • Marianne
    2015-02-16
    “To carry them within us – that is our task. We carry them all inside us, all our dead and shattered loves. Only they make us whole. If we begin to forget or cast aside those who we’ve lost, then … then we are no longer present either”The Little Paris Bookshop is the seventh book by German journalist, teacher and author, Nina George (written under that name). Jean Perdu is fifty years old. He lives in an apartment building with an inter...
  • Margitte
    2015-09-20
    The book started out with possibilities:There was monsieur Perdu: - ' the king of this world, a literary pharmacist, who writes prescriptions for the lovesick;"…My name is Jean. Jean Albert Victor Perdu. Albert after my paternal grandfather, Victor after my maternal grandfather. My mother is a professor, and her father, Victor Bernier, was a toxicologist, a socialist and mayor. I’m fifty years old, Catherine, and I haven’t known many women,...
  • Jennifer
    2015-02-28
    2.5- stars, really.okay, first up: hello, my name is jennifer and i got a bit suckered into reading a romance novel. :/ (publisher lists this as 'fiction, romance, contemporary' - NetGalley listing reads 'literature/fiction' and did not have the 'contemporary romance' identifier.) i am not against romance, per se, but in reading, i am against the overly-sentimental and schmaltzy, and overuse of clichés. so this book fell apart for me on all thre...
  • Anne Goldschrift
    2017-01-22
    3 Jahre stand dieses Buch ungelesen in meinem Regal und jetzt frage ich mich: Wie konnte das passieren? Es gibt nur ganz wenige Bücher in meinem Leben, die mich so berührt haben, die so voller Wahrheit, voll schöner Worte sind und die mich so zum Weinen gebracht haben.
  • Dana
    2015-07-11
    I'm giving up in this one. Life's too short to read books that bore me....
  • Cathrine ☯️
    2015-08-25
    I just cannot get into this. Is it the structure, the translation, me, what? Based on other poor ratings and general boredom I am giving up. Other books are waiting.
  • Suzanne
    2015-01-05
    You fall in love with this book first because it's about the power of books. Who can resist the idea of a book barge on the Seine in Paris where the bookseller, Jean Perdu, uses his intuition to select just the right book to deal with whichever emotion - small or large - is afflicting you? Monsieur Perdu explains it as "I wanted to treat feelings that are not recognized as afflictions and are never diagnosed by doctors. All those little feelings ...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2015-04-11
    www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comI am completely in love with this book. I had no idea what a gem I had in my hands. I picked this out of the books I was offered because I thought it sounded interesting, never would I have thought I would sink into the world of this book and not want to leave. When I first met the main character Monsieur Perdu (Jean Perdu) he reminded me of Hercule Poirot in his mannerisms, but that soon went by the wayside. J...
  • Jacob Overmark
    2016-07-02
    What did I think? At first I thought "Whats not to like?". A book about books and Southern France, perfect for a rainy summer day and I immediately fell for Jean Perdu.The name game wasnt lost on me, a man in a mature age, lost in himself, in his past and his happy and unhappy memories. He could have been "The Steppenwolf" or even the narrator in "À la recherche du temps perdu", but hes neither. He is a man with a mission, he is a literary apoth...
  • Connie
    2016-02-17
    I love books about bookstores so I was excited to start "The Little Paris Bookshop". Monsieur Jean Perdu's literary apothecary is located on a barge moored on the Seine. Perdu senses people's needs and problems, and prescribes books that are perfect for each customer. Unfortunately, he has been unable to deal with his own heartache since the love of his life left him 21 years ago. His lover had left him a letter when she departed from Paris, but ...
  • *eKa*
    2017-04-08
    3,5 StarsOnce again, a book that took me long enough to finish. Why am I such a slow reader? T_T Can I blame it on my activities again? Too many distractions? Because it's true. I chose this book right away because I think it's something like Chocolat (knew it from the movie, not the book), and it's a book about books! Amazing, right?! I knew there would be so many books told here. And I was right. But! I didn't really like how it was told, the p...
  • Barbara
    2016-04-23
    I was going to rate this 3 stars but I realized that I skimmed the last third of the book because I just wanted to be done with it. The tone of the book kept changing. Was it a romance with the idea of selling books as much a part of the romance as those between characters? But then our bookseller Perdu takes off on his bookselling boat on a river road trip. He picks up this wierd young writer who wears earmuffs all the time and it becomes a farc...
  • Erin
    2015-01-08
    Historic fiction is my preferred stomping ground, but I’ve a reputation for venturing into multiple genres. I think journeying outside my comfort zone challenges me and helps me retain perspective as a reviewer which is how I found myself staring down a copy of Nina George’s contemporary romance, The Little Paris Bookshop. Looking back, I can honestly say the story made almost no impression on me. I didn’t connect with any of the characters...
  • Rachelle
    2015-06-25
    This book was not what I hoped it would be. I really loved the idea of the floating book apothecary, and think so much more could have been done with that idea. In the end, though, this book was rather a disappointment. First, I didn't really love any of the characters, especially Manon, the woman Jean is so tortured with love for all these years. Why? She was selfish and didn't have any clue what commitment meant. Jean just came across as a fool...
  • Anna
    2017-10-13
    Γλυκήτατο βιβλίο που περιγράφει την εξέλιξη των σχέσεων και το πώς αυτές διαχειρίζονται με την παρέα καλών φίλων και καλών βιβλίων!Στα μπόνους οι συνταγές γαλλικής μαγειρικής που υπάρχουν στο τέλος καθώς και μια λίστα με προτεινόμενα βιβλίαΑξι...
  • Suzy
    2016-09-11
    This story of a Parisian bookseller who sets out on his bookstore on a barge to find the lover who abandoned him 20 years ago started out on a promising note but very quickly devolved. So many times I was rolling my eyes and groaning . . . and not in a good way. :) I felt the author was trying way too hard to be poignant and profound - maybe wanting to be the next Elizabeth Gilbert?So why did I read to the end of this almost 400 page book and rat...
  • Rita
    2017-04-25
    Ainda bem que em vez de ler a sinopse deste livro, li o título original. O livreiro de Paris, The little Paris bookshop são apenas títulos comerciais e que não representam a história real. M a r a v i l h o s oÉ uma viagem sobre a vida, o amor, a amizade, o perdão, a perda e a morte. É uma história de como os mal-entendidos podem levar a grandes erros e perdas ainda maiores. Ao percorrer a esfera íntima das personagens, as suas experiê...
  • Carolyn
    2015-03-14
    "A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therpay. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments:that's how I sell books"Fifty year old John Perdu considers himself a dispenser of literary medicine for ailments of the human soul rather than a mere bookseller. From his barge, the Literary Apothecary, moored on the Seine in Paris he dispenses books to cure people of their ailments, whether it be sad...
  • Olga Godim
    2015-01-24
    I received this Kindle uncorrected proof from NetGalley.A wonderful book, one of the best I’ve read recently. It’s full of marvelous quotes, despite being a translation. Isn’t it interesting? The book was originally written in German. It takes place in France, with most of the characters French. And I’ve read it in English.Human life in all its absurdity and beauty, warmth and ugliness stands up from the pages of this novel. Grief and bet...